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Old 05-24-2013, 09:17 PM   #15
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i saw those photos and my first thought was....

LIAR!!!!

that, my friend, is incredible magic ( or photoshop). or talent that i am quite jealous of.
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Old 05-25-2013, 06:07 AM   #16
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Try the hot glue method, Kelvin. Practice makes almost perfect, but you'd have to really screw up to make it worse. Here is the kit I got:

DF-DM550DX Ding Massager Deluxe Glue Pulling Kit - Dent Fix Equipment

But the glue gun sucked! TOO HOT. I went to the local hobby shop and got a nice quality craft gun with a thermostat and 2 settings. Much better.
Rich,

Nice job on those dents!!!

Will you be offering your services at any Rally's to pay for that kit!!

Bob
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Old 05-25-2013, 06:50 AM   #17
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They're not photoshopped.....but they're not baby butt smooth either. Once aluminum is stretched, you can never get it factory smooth again. But at least they don't catch the eye anymore and make me go "uggggg" every time I walk around the AS. The big front one was largely oil canned. Once I beat the rib back out, I only had about half the severity of the dent to work.

It's really not magic, or that hard to do.

Robert, I might consider doing small dents on others' trailers, but I am far from professional and I be scared to death to do a large area for fear of not satisfying expectations. But if someone told me they were going to replace a panel anyway, I'd give it a go.
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Old 06-08-2013, 06:15 PM   #18
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Ok. Today I backed in to the edge of a plywood board sticking out on top of a storage shelf in the garage - YIKES. Nice big crater dent in the top corner panel just above eye height. Bought some pullers and got the depth part out but the crease and about an inch of depth is left. I will have to try your glue technique. What would you get now knowing that the gun is no good in that kit? I am NOT a happy camper!
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Old 06-08-2013, 07:38 PM   #19
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I would get the same kit, but replace the gun with a quality thermostatically controlled dual temp one from a craft store. (Which I did).
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Old 06-08-2013, 07:39 PM   #20
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BTW, I am going to work a small dent next weekend on my Bro-in-law's AS. I will document the steps with pics.
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Old 06-08-2013, 08:04 PM   #21
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I would bet that some of the paintless dent guys are adept at glue pulling. Basically, you apply little pull tabs to the skin with hot glue. I believe it is a greater adhesive glue than the craft glue at the hobby store. The pull tabs have a pedestal which engages into a slide hammer (which I don't use on aluminum) and a squeeze handle puller. as you squeeze the puller it lifts the tab away from the skin. I use a slight pump/bump technique to carefully, incrementally "tug" at the dent. LESS IS MORE! It is really easy to create a high spot instead of the dent that was there. Then you have to work the high spot with a wooden dowel and small delicate hammer. Think "jeweler" type work.

When the area is done, you use a release agent to pop off the tab with a provided plastic "chisel". Each dent takes several to many applications of tabs. Some of the tabs are large and some are small "point" type tabs.

PS: The large dent pictured above took some additional, and scarey, muscle work from the inside on the rib with a BIG hammer and a block of wood in order to get it to a point eligible for glue work. PO left that one for me. How he did it....I'll never know, as the corner protector was undamaged.
He could have possibly dented corner protector also and replaced it. My neighbor hit a deer with the corner of his trailer and replaced the stone guard only. The big dent is still there under the new protector.
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I thought of that, but all the sealer, rivets etc. looked OEM, done by the same hand, and identical to the other side. The suspicious part of me thinks it was done at the factory and hidden by the corner protector.
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Old 06-09-2013, 07:20 AM   #23
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That scenario is entirely possible...
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